Blue Devils in the Premier Development League (PDL)
Above; CCSU Blue Devils Giorgi Mendzulashvili, Neeko Calderon, Filosmar Cordeiro, James Randall, Nick Velleca, Zach Zurita, Freddy Metellus and Ryan Taylor, pose for a picture before the Western Massachusetts Pioneers vs AC Connecticut PDL Game in 2015.
Many of our players are recruited to play in the “Professional Development League” PDL during the summer months. Captain, Stephen Walmsley and Ben Knight and Josef Abele helped Florida Ocala Stampede with the Division Championship for the second straight season. Junior Zach Zurita played for GPS Portland Phoenix and Goalkeeper, Nick Velleca played for the Massachusetts Pioneers. In 2013, goalkeeper, Anthony Occhialini, defenders, Steven Bailey and Mamoudou Dioubate and forwards Eddie Bogle and Alpha Diobate played for the Massachusetts Pioneers. Jesse Menzies, Thomas Obasi, Ailton DoRorasio and Bryan Zobre have all played for the Connecticut CFC Azul. This summer, 2014 we have 10 players playing in the PDL.
The Premier Development League (commonly known as the PDL) is a development league sponsored by United Soccer Leagues in the United States and Canada, forming part of the United States soccer league system. It is currently considered the top-level men's amateur soccer competition in the United States, although it has no official designation as such from US Soccer. The league has 65 teams competing in four conferences, split into ten regional divisions. Unofficially, it is considered to be the fourth tier of competition, behind Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League and the United Soccer League, along with the National Premier Soccer League which is also considered to be in the fourth tier of competition in the United States.